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Presidential Rankings #25: William Howard Taft

Thu, 19 May 2016 14:49:50 +0000

Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment. In the popular recollection, the Progressive Era is dominated by the madness of Theodore Roosevelt and the evil of Woodrow Wilson. Stuck in between them is the forgotten progressive, William Howard Taft — Roosevelt’s protégé, though later disowned. Taft is often regarded as a more conservative interlude in […]

Presidential Rankings #26: William McKinley

Sun, 08 May 2016 20:00:15 +0000

The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation. The War to Prevent Southern Independence was a horrible, senseless waste of capital and human life. There were, in fact, only two unequivocally good things to come out of the war. The first, and most obvious, was the abolition of slavery — while it […]

Science Redux

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:47:02 +0000

I’m a bad man. In response to Olney’s craziness from the beginning of the year, here are Curtis Granderson’s 2015 totals: 91 BB, 151 K. This, Buster, is why we do not jump to conclusions based on 37 PA. Now you look like an idiot.

Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson, and snubbery

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:37:14 +0000

There’s a bit of a brouhaha going on in the internet baseball world, and that’s because Josh Donaldson won the AL MVP in a landslide over Mike Trout. Some people — such as my old friend and comic foil Jeff Passan — have gone so far as to compare Trout’s lack of MVPs with Ted […]

This time I’m sure we’re doing science

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:05:14 +0000

In '14, @cgrand3 had 79 walks and 141 strikeouts. This season, he's got 10 walks and 4 Ks; pct. of swinging strikes down from 9.6% to 4.2%. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 16, 2015 Curtis Granderson has had 37 plate appearances this year. Sample size, Olney! And why on the entire earth are you calculating […]

And we’re back!

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:27:27 +0000

Baseball, I mean. It’s back. And so am I, I suppose. And so is idiotic sportswriting! It’s like the salad days of 2011 all over again. I haven’t done this in a while; I sure hope I can remember how. Don’t Let Statistics Ruin Baseball It’s all coming back to me. It’s just like falling […]

Suck it, 2014

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:12:54 +0000

Missed a whole year? Hell no I did not.


Thu, 01 Aug 2013 03:51:44 +0000

I’m serious; this guy’s been writing for twenty years and nobody pointed him out to me until today? Like everything he writes is gold. Here’s a piece from yesterday in which he joins in the two-minute hate against A-Rod in the silliest possible fashion. Giambi Rises as Rodriguez Falls That’s right, not-making-sense fans: John Pudner […]

This is the best ever

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 02:47:51 +0000

I swear I’m not making this up. Over at Breitbart Sports — which is such a hilarious idea I can’t believe I haven’t written about it before — some clown called John Pudner has just written… this. Let’s not beat around the bush here: this man has just revolutionised baseball analysis. Breitbart Sports Introduces Value […]

Half-season is the best season

Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:26:01 +0000

Ah, the All-Star Break. The three worst days of the year. The only good thing about it is reading people’s crazy half-season awards, which usually amount to "who has the most SportsCenter highlights this week?" Here’s Jeff Passan to get the crazy rolling: AL MVP of the Half: Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit Tigers The correct […]